Last year I did a review of Mimbo, a free magazine style theme for WordPress. Since then, Mimbo has become one of the most popular and most downloaded WordPress themes not only because of the popularity of magazine themes but also because it’s feature-rich, user-friendly and easy to customize. As proof, you can see customized versions of Mimbo used in many websites and blogs.
After the huge success of Mimbo, the author Darren Hoyt finally released his first and much anticipated premium theme, the Mimbo Pro Magazine Theme last week. For this project, he collaborated with Ben Gillbanks.
Here’s a short introduction from Darren himself:
Mimbo Pro is a powerful and feature-rich theme for WordPress, developed by Darren Hoyt and Ben Gillbanks and released through Ben’s Pro Theme Design marketplace.
Already familiar with the original Mimbo? Imagine no more manual template editing, no more Photoshop, no more image-cropping or FTP’ing… Enjoy using WordPress like a CMS, now more than ever.
MIMBRO PRO FEATURES:
- Control panel options for Google Analytics and Feedburner, logo and header image management, homepage categories, optional color schemes, and advertisement management
- Custom templates for categories, archives, authors, sitemap, search results
- Auto-resizing for images
- Built-in contact form
- HTML controls for comments (bold, italics, blockquote, link)
- Print-friendly options on single-post pages
- Two widgetized sidebars with optional advertising
- Tabbed and separated comments/trackbacks
- Built-in gravatars and author highlighting
- Cookie crumbs on single-post pages
- Print.css stylesheet
- Optional microformats in the footer
The Mimbo Pro Magazine theme is available in two packages, the Single Site license for $89.99 and Multi Site license at $199.99. The Multi Site license includes PSD files and lets you remove the footer link. If you decide to purchase this theme and want to learn more about how to use or customize it, you might want to check out the video tutorials that are provided for free.
One of the unique features of the Mimbo Pro theme is the section located right below the featured post in the index page. In that section, you can browse through the recent posts or stories by clicking on the arrows on both sides. Mimbo Pro makes use of a thumbnail script (created by Darren) that automatically resizes images so resizing images becomes a non-issue. Aside from that, it includes some features that you can’t find in other WordPress premium themes like control panel options for Google Analytics and Feedburner.
I haven’t had the chance to test or try it out from within the admin panel so I can’t really rate the features of Mimbo Pro. IMHO the Mimbo Pro doesn’t really stand out design-wise unlike other premium themes we’ve seen recently. I guess the features make up for that. Anyways, I give the Mimbo Pro Magazine Theme a 4 out of 5 rating.
Btw, if you’re not interested in buying the theme you might be interested in making money thru Mimbo Pro’s affiliate program. For more information regarding the affiliate program, click here.